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  • Writer's pictureKevin Esser

Treasure hunt

I have planned to explore a new destination somewhere not too far away. I used the help of Google Earth. After searching in the vicinity of my home, I found something promising in the distance of approximately 1 hour.

treasure map

The X marks the spot... so I drove there without any further information and I was not disappointed.


The habitat proved to be very beautiful and so I was able to start the search for critters. A cute semiadult Common Toad (Bufo bufo) made the start. Followed by a young Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis).

Bufo bufo - Common Toad

Anguis fragilis - Slow Worm

At the end of the day trip I discovered gold: this magnificent Barred Grass Snake (Natrix helvetica). It was my first encounter with this species!

Natrix helvetica - Barred  Grass Snake


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